I polished my shoes every after an hour ahead of prom - Byg Kahuna
For anyone who went to a single-sex school, prom is one of the most memorable moments.
But over time things have changed. Boys from a single school could invited girls from a mixed school.
For instance, in Byg Kahuna’s case, St. Mary’s College Kisubi (SMACK) invited girls from Makerere College School.
The night of prom, Kahuna said in an interview, “I had to polish my shoes every hour”
Interacting with girls also wasn’t easy for him. “I shook when I met the girls,” he said.
Born Jean Paul, Byg Kahuna spent his early years in Nairobi, Kenya where he stayed with his single mom who was working with the United Nations
The mother later relocated him to Uganda to live with his grandfather who was a professor and surgeon at Makerere University where they stayed.
Kahuna went to Makerere Kindergarten, Kitante Primary School, St. Charles Lwanga S.S. Kasasa, St. Mary’s College Kisubi, Progressive S.S. Kitintale and Nkumba University, where he studied business administration.
While growing up, his inspiration to work on radio was the late Allan Mugisha, alias Allan the Cantankerous who worked with Capital FM.
After university, Byg Kahuna went to the U.S. and lived in California. Near where he stayed was a radio station and one day he went there and asked for a job and it was offered.
Before radio, he was earning a living as a painter.
When his grandfather died, he came back.
His first job was at the Bank of Uganda, but he quit shortly because it was boring.
Then he started doing interviews with different radio stations, including Power FM and Sanyu FM.
He ended up being accepted at Spirit FM, which he left to join Beat FM before it switched to Luganda. He was co-hosting with Denzel Mwiyeresti.
He then went back to Nairobi to take a break and look for more opportunities.
He spent a year there and did interviews at Capital FM Nairobi, Hot96, and failed to get a job because he had no national ID.
He left Kenya for Tanzania where he also did demos with some stations but didn't get a job.
He returned to Kampala to join Hot100.
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